IF YOU would like to have a complete room of your choice professionally painted in time for Christmas for €10 while also helping a homeless charity, this could be for you.
Portarlington-based painter and decorator Ciarán Phillips of LIj Painting wants to raise funds for Feed Our Homeless and came up with a unique raffle.
Feed Our Homeless operates regular soup kitchens and outreach services in Dublin feeding hundreds of people each day, many of whom are young children. The charity has a strong support system in Co Laois.
Ciarán was an active member of Portarlington First responders for two years and he is also involved with the local Tidy Towns group.
“There are 500 tickets available for this prize and they are only €10 each.
If your ticket is the lucky one, I will paint a room of your choice from top to bottom. If you pick the kitchen, for example, this will include your ceiling, walls, doors, skirtings, architraves and radiators along with your kitchen presses.
“If you choose the hall, stairs and landing, this will also include your staircase along with everything else. The sitting-room will include your fireplace and varnishing a wooden floor if you have one; it’s a complete re-vamp of an entire room. It doesn’t matter where the winner lives because I will travel to anywhere in Ireland.” he said.
Chief executive of Feed Our Homeless Tony Walsh said: “It’s a fantastic idea. Everyone looks to get their houses painted for Christmas. The funds raised from the raffle will make a huge difference to our charity and will help our fantastic team to continue its seven-days-a-week service throughout Christmas and during the cold winter period.”
The prize is estimated to be worth €1,500 between labour and materials. Tickets are still available by logging onto goraffleit.com/raffle/feed-our-homeless-christmas-appeal and the raffle will take place on Facebook when the tickets have been sold.
Feed Our Homeless is in current need of sleeping bags, tents, warm coats, clothing underwear and socks for men and women along with hats, scarves and gloves.
If you can help, please contact Tom Duffy in Portlaoise on 087 6271309.